Samuel Murphy Miller
1947 - 2021
Samuel Murphy Miller

April 2, 1947 - April 22, 2021

Samuel Murphy Miller, 74, of Roanoke, Virginia, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 22, 2021.

Sam was born in Lynchburg, Va. and attended E.C. Glass High School. After high school, he served in the United States Army. Upon return from service in Vietnam, Sam married his high school sweetheart, Ann Early Thompson, and he went on to graduate from Gardner Webb College.

Prior to retirement, Sam was the Director of Human Resources and Safety at Roanoke Electric Steel, where he worked for 30 years. In his retirement, he enjoyed spending time at his cabin on Bent Mountain, attending Tractor Safety Meetings, eating breakfast at Famous Anthony's, and going to the Catawba Farmers Market. Sam was also an avid basketball fan and loved the outdoors.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents, George Murphy Miller and Christine Carr Miller Hicks. Sam is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ann Thompson Miller; three children, Bradford Early Miller (Allison) of Arlington, Sarah Alice Miller, and Alan Thompson Miller (Rebecca) of Roanoke; grandsons, Benjamin Claude Miller of Arlington and Arthur Thompson Miller of Roanoke; and brother, Patrick Alan Miller of Portsmouth. He is also survived by his faithful companion, Lester.

The family will receive friends from 2 until 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Oakey's South Chapel. Due to COVID-19, a memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Roanoke Valley SPCA or to The Nature Conservancy. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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Published by Roanoke Times on Apr. 27, 2021.
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The Gardner-Webb family was saddened to hear of Sam's passing. We are praying for and thinking of all who loved him.
Tami Ruckman
May 3, 2021
So sorry about the passing of Sam. We were both in the HR business for many years and attended local and state meetings together. He was a great guy with a super sense of humor. He will be missed by all!!!
Dan D Oyler
April 30, 2021
Sarah - I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Prayers for you and your family during this time.
Heidi McClintic
April 29, 2021